SELMA, CA – Bank of the Sierra announced that a Sierra Grant in the amount of $5,000 has been awarded to Second Chance Animal Shelter of Selma. The shelter will use the grant funds to extend the scope of its spay and neuter program, which aims to provide residents with greater access to spay and neuter services, along with microchipping and vaccinations at a more affordable cost.
In addition to the spay and neuter program, funds will be put toward purchasing an air conditioning unit to improve the intake building where dogs are housed, vaccinated, and monitored before they are integrated into the main population of animals. The renovations will be especially helpful in the summer months, when extreme temperatures often render the building unusable for housing animals.
The SCAS has been serving the Selma community since its opening in January of 2014, and is committed to reducing animal overpopulation, advocating for the welfare of animals, and encouraging responsible pet ownership.
About the Sierra Grant Program
Since its inception in 2004 the Sierra Grant Program has been responsible for donating over a million dollars to organizations that improve local communities. The grants go toward fostering community services, park preservation, and educational programs. Non-profits who wish to apply for a Sierra Grant can pick up an instructional brochure at any Bank of the Sierra branch, or visit the bank’s web site at www.bankofthesierra.com/resources/sierra_grant_program.
About Bank of the Sierra
Since opening its doors in 1977, Bank of the Sierra has grown to become the largest independent bank headquartered in the South San Joaquin Valley with assets totaling $1.7 billion. The company has over 400 employees and conducts business through 28 branch offices, an online branch, a real estate industries center, and an agricultural credit center.